Protecting against health hazards of motherhood

Maintaining healthy mothers
Providing health services for mothers

Healthy mothers are children's first line of defense against death, malnutrition and a cycle of poverty and disease. Newborns, born premature and/or with low birth weight and micronutrient deficiencies, reflect their mothers' poor nutritional status. Women's health and nutritional status also affects their ability to nourish and nurture their children as they grow.


Child survival initiatives must begin long before a child is born by addressing women's poor health, economic and social status.

Type Classification:
D: Detailed strategies
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production